Once a Safari-themed casino, it has long-since been converted to the Fiesta Henderson, a Mexican party. This is perhaps the most overused theme in Vegas, even in a place like this where it's barely implemented. So don't hang out here waiting for a pinata; come by for some decent games in an unbusy casino.
Room Quality: Relatively large rooms, but certainly second class. They are not Mexican themed, really. The rooms have light-colored carpeting and woods, large beds, chairs and a table. The entire hotel is small so you're not going to get a high room and it's tough to sweet-talk them into a suite. The bathrooms are average with tub/shower combos, single sinks and standard-quality towels. Beware the bogus, yet mandatory "hotel amenity" tacked onto your room rate.
Service Quality: Good. Everyone out here is pretty nice to you. Heck, they're even nice to us. Not nicer than our grandmother, but they don't have to be because we don't know where they live. Check-in and check-out is easy, provided you can find the front desk in the wacky casino.
What You Get Bottles of in the Bathroom: Shampoo, conditioner. One for cleaning, one for glossifying.
Clientele: Locals in the prime retirement years of their lives. Henderson is a mecca for older folks, and they love the cheap buffet here.
How's the Pool? Considering all the space they had to build a fantastic pool, the small hole in the ground is a disappointment. Sure you can swim in it, but you would think they would have gone a little more all-out just because they could. Its biggest selling points are the palm trees around it.
Resort Fee: (What is this?)
$9.99 per night. You get wired and wireless internet, local and domestic long distance, daily paper, copy and fax services.
Table Games: The usual suspects are in their small pit. Blackjack, craps, roulette, Let it Ride, Pai Gow and occasionally an oddball game. But mostly, this casino is here to serve the locals slot crowd.
Bet Minimums: They have $3 blackjack most of the time, which is three times our limit. They also have $3 craps with our favorite, 10x odds. Roulette has 50-cent chips and $2 min. The limits may go up on weekends, holidays and weeknights, or at their whim.
Machines: The video poker is all right, but you'll find better downtown or a few other Off-Strip joints. Still, it's decent because there are some full-pay VP machines. Slots are pretty standard.
Cocktails? Very good, as long as you're tipping. We had a waitress who came by three times in about 40 minutes.
Who Gets Comps? Join the mediocre Amigo Club to get your slot points. It pays about the same as the other tight Station properties. Expect $10-$20 play at the tables to be the buffet level.
Amigos Mexican Cantina: The name should give you plenty of clue of how bland this Mexican restaurant is. It's not worth going out of your way for, especially if you like fresh or spicy. Prices are fair with most dishes under $15. Open for dinners only.
Denny's: A delightful little coffee shop full of local charm and a menu full of culinary surprises and delights. Ha! Gotcha. It's a Denny's, same as every other one out there. Grand Slam breakfasts, bad coffee and truly mediocre top to bottom. At least it's overly familiar.
Festival Buffet: A mediocre buffet at reasonable prices. Unlike most buffets, they cook a lot of the food right before your eyes. They do not serve breakfast, so don't show up hungry until at least 11 a.m., unless it's a weekend. Because then the brunch starts at nine.
Fuego Steakhouse: This is the fancy dinner restaurant and even it is dressed down. Prices for entrees are mostly reasonable. Check to see if they have a three-course-meal special. The place serves good steak, but not exceptional.
The Fiesta offers a smattering of artery-busting fast food: Fatburger, Subway, Starbucks, and Villa Pizza. Just like almost every other place.
Cantina Cerveza: Cerveza is Spanish for beer, which you'll find yourself crying into as free acts fill the cantina on weekend evenings with the sad sounds of once-hopeful musicians who have sunk to the level of Off-strip cover band.
Regal Cinemas: They have twelve screens here, which means in the summer they might actually show four different movies. Comfy stadium seating and expensive snacks.
Number of TVs: About 34, with about four biggies in there.
Number of Seats: About 120 including the nearby sportsbar. Ninety-one of the seats in the book proper have their own TVs which comes in really handy if you're like us and get most of your inspirations for horse picks from infomercials. There is some bar-type seating at round tables, too.
How Many Betting Windows? About eleven with nice, shiny electronic boards behind them.
Free Drinks? Well, not really since the sports bar is adjacent and you're supposed to go there when your buds get parched.
Snack Bar? Nope, but there is plenty of fast food nearby. Because, you know, nothing like a big, greasy unhealthy meal after sitting in a sports book all day.
Minimum Wager: $5 sports, $2 for racing.
Other Notes: It is nice to see some investment in this place, and man did it need a better sports book. The old one sucked. This one is better than average.